You want to attend the 2010 Head to Toe conference, but in these economic times, you’re not sure how to approach your boss. The best way to improve your chances for a “yes” is to approach your boss armed with all of the facts.
Show your boss the conference programming.
Go through the sessions with your boss, pointing out the relevant education sessions. Mention the conference provides the chance to talk to industry experts including NM DOH and NM PED staff and knowledgeable vendors so the learning isn’t limited to the classrooms.
Spread the wealth!
Tell your boss that you will take notes capturing important ideas and best practices that apply to your organization. You can make your notes and materials available to colleagues or even present your findings to others in your organization.
Return on investment.
When convincing your boss you should attend, don’t focus on the cost, but on the return. How much is that one great idea worth to the success of your students? How about that one important contact? The Head to Toe conference is the leading event for school nurses, counselors and social workers. You will make those important contacts and be exposed to many great ideas, but only if you attend.
- Help with the costs.
If you believe the conference is needed for your professional development, then you should want to attend, regardless of who pays. Offer to cover some of the costs. Or, ask just for the time off without having to use up vacation time.
Take this opportunity to explain exactly what you want to get out of the conference and, more importantly, how that will benefit your work and your organization. Your boss may not say "yes," but if you know what you want, are sincere, and can demonstrate why attending the Head to Toe conference is valuable to your organization, you'll dramatically improve your odds.